Data Protection & Privacy

Aarogya Setu Data Access & Knowledge Sharing Protocol extended for 12 months

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has extended enforcement of the Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol, 2020, (“Protocol”) by another 12 months, up to 10th May 2022. MeitY revealed the information on its portal on July 29th, 2021.

The Protocol’s History

After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Disaster Management Authority’s National Executive Committee created 11 empowered groups. The Empowered Committee 9 on Technology and Data Management released the Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol on 11.05.2020 for the COVID-19 contact tracing application. The protocol was initially ought to remain in force for a period of 6 months. The Empowered Committee has the power to extend it for further duration.

Importance of the Protocol

The protocol is the guiding light for the privacy policy of the application. It aims to ensure secure collection of data by the application, protection of personal data of individuals, and the efficient use and sharing of personal or non-personal data for mitigation and redressal of the CoVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Ministry released the protocol after much protest regarding the security of data that the application collects and the manner in which it does so. Many denounced the app as “a tool of mass surveillance”.

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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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